My husband has been in Germany all week on business. So what’s a girl to do, except make dishes that I want to try; that I know he wouldn’t eat anyway! Carbonara in general is a bacon and cream sauce; in this case they are whisked with eggs which are actually cooked by the hot pasta, creating this amazingly creamy and flavorful dish. If you haven’t had it, you might (as I did) be skeptical and think it’s going to taste like breakfast on noodles. I promise you that is not the case. It creates this delicious coating of velvety yum that when paired with the Parmesan and caramelized onion (nod to Tyler Florence) makes a meal into an event to remember. Now if I could only get my husband to like bacon.
As organic as possible:
1 lb Linguine (easily substituted by spaghetti or long noodle of your choice)
2 Tbsp Olive oil
10 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
1 yellow Onion, diced
6 Tbsp heavy Cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Start the cooking process for the pasta according to package directions, but be sure to salt your water!
Heat the olive oil in a skillet, add bacon and onion. Let cook until bacon is crispy and onion is caramelized, about 8 minutes give or take. In the meantime crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk with cream, Parmesan and a little freshly cracked black pepper. When bacon and onion are ready, spoon some of it into the cream and egg and whisk, add the rest including all of the fat and continue to whisk a little until it makes an emulsion.
If we have our timing right, the noodles should be al dente and ready to come out of the boiling water. Using tongs or a pasta scoop, place a portion of the noodles into the egg sauce, and toss. Add the rest of the noodles and gently toss until all noodles are coated with the creamy mixture of deliciousness.
Serve with a little freshly cracked pepper and light grating of Parmesan. Buon appetito!
Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence’s Spaghetti Carbonara